For the last three years the Ida Baker girls soccer team walked away with the District 4A-12. Barron Collier wouldn’t allow it a fourth time.
Barron Collier midfielder Maria Gomez scored a goal 12 minutes into the game from about three feet outside the penalty box. It was the only goal the Cougars needed in their 1-0 victory Thursday.
The shot dipped under Baker sophomore goalie Angela Christiano and landed in the bottom right corner of the goal post to give Barron Collier early momentum.
“I planned it, really, because I’m an outside shooter,” Gomez said. “I knew it was going in as soon as it left my foot.”
The wind blew all night and the temperature dropped to 64 degrees in Cape Coral, making for a cold evening of soccer.
Ida Baker dominated in shots on goal — 18-4 — but couldn’t find an equalizer after coming out flat in the first half.
“We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities,” Baker coach David Trepkowski said. “We stood around and watched and you can’t do that. Good teams are going to beat you when you play like that.”
Baker looked like it would strike first about seven minutes into the game when senior Shannon Pearl found senior Monique Elliott open inside the box, but Elliott missed the shot wide right. Elliot looked to have another touch left on the ball but instead chose to shoot before drawing Barron Collier goalie Alex Persiani out.
It was like that for most of the night for the Bulldogs, who had four corner-kick opportunities in the second half that resulted in no goals.
For several Baker seniors it was their first time not winning the District 4A-12 title. They will face the winner of today’s Lakewood Ranch-Venice matchup Wednesday on the road.
“It sucks to lose here, I feel like we should have won or at least gotten into overtime,” Elliott said. “It shouldn’t have been 1-0. We just have to keep our heads up and come back stronger because we still have a chance to move forward.”